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Famous Poets from Ireland

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List of notable or famous poets from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Ireland and even some popular poets who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Ireland is included when available.

List includes Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and more.

This historic poets from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Ireland?" These prominent poets of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish poets.

Use this list of renowned Irish poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (34 items)

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    Brendan Behan
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    Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1923-1964)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Quare Fellow
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    Cathal Ó Searcaigh
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    Cathal Ó Searcaigh is an Irish poet, playwright and prose writer who writes in the Irish language. Ó Searcaigh was born in Gortahork, a town in the Gaeltacht region of Donegal, and lives at the foot of Mount Errigal.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Gortahork
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Cecil Day-Lewis, CBE was a British poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis. In his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1904-1972)
    • Birthplace: Ballintubber, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: This Man Must Die
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    Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. He was ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Lecturer, Author, + more
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    Dennis O'Driscoll
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    Dennis O'Driscoll was an Irish poet, essayist, critic and editor. Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, Eileen Battersby considers him "the lyric equivalent of William Trevor" and a better poet "by far" than Raymond Carver. Gerard Smyth regards him as "one of poetry's true champions ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1954-2012)
    • Birthplace: Thurles, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Edward Dowden, was an Irish critic and poet.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1843-1913)
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet
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    Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
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    Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1878-1957)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Dean Spanley, It Happened Tomorrow
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    Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is an Irish poet and academic born in Cork.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Professor Frank McGuinness is an Irish playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, and opera libretist. As well as his own works, which include The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Dolly West's Kitchen, he is recognised for a ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Buncrana, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Educator, Screenwriter, Translator, Playwright
    • Credits: Dancing at Lughnasa, The Young Messiah, Talk of Angels, A Short Stay in Switzerland, Scout
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    George William Russell
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    George William Russell who wrote with the pseudonym Æ, was an Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, artistic painter and Irish nationalist. He was also a mysticism writer, and a personage of a group of devotees of theosophy in Dublin for many years.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1867-1935)
    • Birthplace: Lurgan, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Author, Critic
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    Gerry Murphy is an Irish poet.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet
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    James Henry Cousins was an Irish writer, playwright, actor, critic, editor, teacher and poet. He used several pseudonyms including Mac Oisín and the Hindu name Jayaram. Cousins was born at 18, Kevor Street in Belfast, Ireland, the descendant of Huguenot refugees. Largely self-educated at night schools, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1873-1956)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Actor, Writer, Playwright
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    James Joyce
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    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Rathgar, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Dead, Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Passages from Finnegan’s Wake, Bloom
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    John Jordan
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    John Jordan was an Irish poet and short-story writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1930-1988)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Critic
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    Jonathan Swift
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    Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1667-1745)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Priest, Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Gulliver's Travels, The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's Travels, + more
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    Katherine Healy

    Katherine Healy was a music teacher and poet.more

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    • Profession: Poet, Music Teacher
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    Mary Tighe
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    Mary Tighe, was an Anglo-Irish poet.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1772-1810)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Michael Daniel Higgins is the ninth and current President of Ireland, in office since 11 November 2011. Higgins is a politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster. He served as a Teachta Dála for the Galway West constituency and was Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Politician
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    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray, A Good Woman, Wilde, + more
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    Patrick Kavanagh
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    Patrick Kavanagh was an Irish poet and novelist. Regarded as one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, his best known works include the novel Tarry Flynn and the poems "On Raglan Road" and "The Great Hunger". He is known for accounts of Irish life through reference to the everyday and commonplace.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1904-1967)
    • Birthplace: Inniskeen, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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